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Private Home Camanche, Iowa November 14, 2009

by on Nov.21, 2009, under Investigations

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MVP received a call from a woman in Camanche who wanted our help with a possible paranormal situation in her home. We were glad to oblige, and a team was sent out to the home on Saturday, November 14th to conduct an investigation. The team consisted of Becky, Steph, Diana, Sally, Stephen and Bob. After meeting and introducing ourselves to the woman of the home and her children, we began the interview and walk-thru process.

While Steph, Becky, Diana, and Sally conversed with the woman and children of the home, Stephen and Bob conducted the walk-thru looking for possible high EMF detections and any other items that could cause disturbances that could be mistaken for paranormal occurrences.

During the interview the following experiences were said to have taken place in the home during the nine and a half years in which the family had been living there.

* When one of the daughters was very young, she had an imaginary friend she called “Hopes”. “Hopes” she stated, was her sister from before, rode a train, and lived in the woods. She often wrote “Hopes” on her school papers and played with this “little girl“. This phenomena ended when the daughter reached about five years of age.

* This same daughter feels uneasy in her bedroom, often experiencing a feeling of being watched there. She had heard breathing before in her room – described as a huffing type of breathing next to her bed.

* Recently, both daughters were in the living room and heard a voice whisper something about “Loving Will” while they were watching a TV program that contained celebrities.

* Most of the experiences seem to revolve around the woman of the house. She has heard a voice call out “Mom” many times in the home but she is either alone or her daughters were not the one who had called. She had also heard a little girl in the basement seeming to “pout” but when she looked no one had been down there with her The mother has also heard footsteps but when checking who it was no one was there as well as hearing a “phantom” phone ring. She has heard what she described as someone “crawling into her room” and felt something sit on her bed but it was no one she could see or touch.

* Lilacs has been smelled in the house. This was the favorite flower and perfume of her mother that had passed away a few years before.

* Outside a water spigot seemed to turn itself on, a toy had been moved out into the middle of the floor when no one claimed to move it, and the dog has been barking incessantly at seemingly nothing, especially recently. The cat of the home does not display any strange activity.

* Husband ( although he is skeptical of any paranormal activity) and the woman had heard children giggling when there were no children around.

Stephen and Bob reported some high EMF spikes in the daughter’s bedroom and in an area in the basement but nothing else unusual. It was decided to set up the night-vision camera in the parents’ bedroom of the house facing down the hallway towards the daughter’s room as a wide range of the house could be captured in this position. Taking our audio recorders, EMF detectors and thermometers we set out around the house to investigate.

We began in the basement, conducting an EVP session and Steph had a very close encounter with a mouse. Stephen reported hearing footsteps with his parabolic coming from above. We then moved upstairs and conducted an EVP session in the kitchen and living room, asking several questions and requesting to play with the little girl in several different forms. After spending some time doing this, the team split up on the first floor, with Diana and Stephen going into the daughter’s bedroom, Sally and the woman of the house going into the other daughter’s bedroom, and Bob and Steph going into the parents’ bedroom to watch over the monitor and camera. Note: these bedrooms were all in the same hallway and the doors were all open. The team could see and hear each other easily during this time if needed.

After some time we decided that the one daughter should be invited back into the home in case an entity might feel more comfortable or attached to her and Diana and the daughter stayed in her bedroom alone, while Stephen sat alone in the kitchen (open door to the hallway and in sight of Steph and Bob from the parent’s bedroom).

After spending some more time in these rooms doing EVP sessions and trying a few different techniques, Bob and Steph decided to move the camera downstairs into the basement and leave it to stand alone, while returning to the parents’ bedroom to monitor the camera down below. Note: the camera can pan around in a circle by remote control held by the investigator.

After feeling as though everything was tried to that we could, the team made one more trip to basement to wrap up, and three of the members reported feeling a light-headed dizzy type of feeling followed by a headache out of nowhere in one specific corner of the basement. None of these claims were related to one another and were all separate reports although it was the same exact place in the basement. We were not certain if these feelings were paranormal or  just because of the high EMF readings in that section.

After thanking the woman and her daughter for allowing us in the their home and making our way to our own homes, we all looked forward to reviewing our audio and video we had captured.

There were not many personal experiences by members’ during the investigation, the only one being by Diana and the daughter of the home late in the investigation. Diana reports… “We were sitting in her room and we started talking about her grandmother and asking if *grandmother’s name” was here and I got a substantial hit on my K-2 meter. Before this my K-2 meter had sat there for a long time and never went off. I thought that was a little odd.”

After reviewing our audio and video evidence we did get two possible EVPs, both taken in the daughter’s bedroom. One of them was taken during the walk-thru of the home and was not a direct response to any of our questioning. The other one, the whisper in the daughter’s bedroom, happened when we were investigating, and the mother was showing Diana and Stephen the colored light that was in there. That EVP was in direct response to the mother turning on that light.

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The conclusion of our investigation did not bring up any solid evidence with the exception of the two EVPs, which we believe might indicate something unexplained going on in the home, particularly the girl’s bedroom. We would like to set up another investigation there, and focus our efforts on that room to see if we can find anything further.

STATUS: CASE OPEN

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Quarters One Rock Island, Illinois November 7, 2009

by on Nov.20, 2009, under Investigations

Quarters One

Introduction

On September 22, 2009, Becky received an email from Dana Matson, Director of Sales at the Rock Island Arsenal Golf Club & Quarters One. She stated that she would like to speak to her about an event that they would like to hold over at Quarters One on the Arsenal Island. She asked Becky to give her a call so that she could discuss it with her. As Becky was gone on vacation for the next two weeks, it was October 15th before she was able to return her call. Dana explained that she would like our group to do a presentation during a dinner at the golf club and then include the guests in a mini investigation. They agreed that it might be easier to get accurate information if MVP was to go in and perform an investigation ahead of time. Dana gave her the name and number of George and Mike, historians on the island, and Becky made a call, arranging to meet Mike for more information. MVP was asked to do a presentation on Nov. 13, but as the investigation could not be arranged until Nov. 7, MVP did not feel that would give us enough time to accurately review any information we might gather during our investigation. We wanted to make sure we were thorough reviewing all of the evidence.

HISTORY

In 1869, Rodman envisioned a house ornate enough to entertain guests and designed so a family and visitors could comfortably live there. Quarters One was designed by General Thomas Jefferson Rodman and constructed during 1870-1871 and the residence was ready for occupancy in 1872. It served as the family home of the highest-ranking officer on the Arsenal and was the second-largest single family residence owned by the federal government, behind only the White House. Quarters One consists of over 20,000 square feet, and about 50 rooms. It has a full basement, three floors, and a watch tower. The first large gathering there was a funeral in 1871 for Gen. Thomas Rodman, then commander of the Rock Island Arsenal and original constructor of the home itself.

The home has hosted many important gatherings in its 137-year history. Kings and Queens slept there as well as U.S. President Taft in the making. So did Charles Lindbergh, soon after his historic solo trans-Atlantic.

Two years ago, the Army determined that Quarters One needed approximately $3 million in repairs and upgrades to bring it up to modern standards. Earlier this year, Maj. Gen. Robert M. Radin and his wife Sara moved out of Quarters One to Quarters Six, another historic residence on the Arsenal. Future uses for Quarters One are being considered.

WALK-THRU

On November 7th, MVP met with Dana and Mike at 7:00 to do a walk through and set up for the investigation. Members present at this investigation were Becky, Steph, Stephen, Diana, Sally, Amy, and two new members Jordan and Bob.

Mike took us all on the walk-thru, covering every part of Quarters One, minus the tower. We would like to thank him again for his informative and interesting knowledge about the history of the place, as well as the present happenings.

One current phenomenon mentioned by him was the turning on and off of lights while no one is at the home, as well as doors opening and shutting on their own. On one instance, all of the windows throughout the 2nd floor of the home opened simultaneously. Employees have seen shadows and shapes and there have been phantom smells of roses and cinnamon. A usually well-mannered dog refuses to enter a certain room. Maintenance workers refuse to enter a particular room in the basement. Drumming noises have been heard as well as disembodied voices. A Confederate soldier had been spotted numerous times outside, leaning next to the first tree on the right as you enter the home’s driveway.

A worker had committed suicide in the basement, a young girl may haunt the upper floors, and the old owners and boarders may continue to be here as well. We could tell we had our work cut out for us.

INVESTIGATION

After the walk-thru the team stepped outside first and checked out the “soldier tree”, then made our way around the outside of the home, taking pictures of the home and surrounding areas. We then gathered together into the main hall and attempted the Singapore theory to stir up any activity in the house. The Singapore theory is when music of a certain time period is played relevant to the time period of the hauntings of the home. We played “Yankee Doodle” and a few military marches and afterwards, introduced ourselves and conducted an EVP session.

Bob and Steph set up a video camera in the Lindbergh bedroom on the second floor. We felt this room was the hottest spot in the house due to hearing of the past personal experiences there.

The group then split up, and the teams went on their separate ways. The teams had been pre-determined by the lead investigators, with re-organization of teams throughout the night so that everyone would have a chance to work together. One team, led by Stephanie, went into the basement and the other team, led by Becky, made their way to the second floor. We wanted a floor between teams in order to help avoid noise contamination.

Once we finished our floors, we regrouped and formed two different teams. This time Steph’s team investigated the third floor and the tower ending up in the Lindbergh room on the second floor, and Becky’s team stayed on the main floor. After thoroughly investigating our areas, we regrouped again and Steph took a team back down into the basement.

After several hours of investigating, the group decided to pack it up and call it a night. We thanked Dana for the incredible opportunity and made our way to our homes to sleep, excited to begin reviewing our video and audio recorders during the next few days.

The following experiences were reported by various members. Evidence is also included down below.

The whole team, including the historian Mike, smelled what seemed like a burning candle or kerosene during the walk-thru in one of the second floor back rooms. There were also black scorch marks on the grates of the fireplace in the room, which Mike stated had not been there before. The smell was quite strong and everyone smelled it. It then faded away within about five to ten minutes.

Steph, Jordan, and Sally all felt a strange sensation down in the basement while in the “meat preparation room”, after some strange noises were heard by all, including Stephen and Bob, outside of the room in the hallway. Jordan felt a sensation on her arm as if something was touching her, Steph then felt something lightly touching and moving her DVR recorder which was being held flat out in her palm, and then Sally felt something lightly touch her hair. All of these things happened about 2 to 3 minutes apart. The males in the room experienced nothing.

Steph had a personal experience in the basement, towards the end of the night. “Me and Stephen were alone in the “meat preparation room” in the side closet. We had shut the door and I was telling Stephen what I believed may have happened in the room. They were just feelings, but I described having a very strong sense that a woman had been sexually assaulted in there. All of sudden, my vision, directly in front of my face went black as if something was suddenly in front of my face and passed me by. It was black enough to block everything out and it seemed to come at me quickly then away and I flinched strongly and vocally reacted. I’m not sure what it was, but it startled me quite a lot, and left me with a really bad and disturbed feeling the rest of the night, that I could not shake.”

Becky stated during the walk through in the 2nd floor room next to the Lindbergh room, she smelled the scent of roses while standing next to the fireplace mantle. By the time she mentioned it out loud, the scent had gone. She also heard a whispering sound while on the second floor, but this was not captured on audio.

Diana had an experience she felt worth mentioning.  There was one time in the main area by the front door, when it was just me, Becky and Dana, that I had some weird feelings, like maybe we were being watched and at one point Becky and Dana were sitting across from me and it was pretty dark and it seemed like all the sudden the room got brighter because I could see Becky and Dana better. It was weird!

Stephen states – “My personal experiences include seeing the shadow on the second floor near the Lindbergh bedroom. The shadow I saw was my height and moved to the left quickly, blocking out the white doorway frame as it moved into the Lindbergh room. Bob and I then chased it inside, but we did not see the shadow again. I also had my shirt sleeve tugged both in the Lindbergh room and in the basement. I also heard a young girl giggle on the main floor.”

He and Jordan both shared an experience in the basement. Jordan states… “Steve, Stephanie, Sally, Bob, and I were in the basement. We gathered in the old courtroom, then Steve and I went to place a recorder in the room next door. Steve placed a recorder on the table and just as we were about to leave, we heard a noise in the corner. We both turned around as fast as we could and saw that the farthest door on the old kitchen cabinets was wide open. Steve said “Did that just open?” I replied that I believed it had. Stephanie and I had just been in that room a few moments before and none of the cabinet doors were open. (Steph verifies this). We called in the rest of the group and tested the door to check if it had opened on its own. If it had opened on its own it would have slammed into the pipe behind it, but it hadn’t. It seemed that it had been stopped before hitting the pipe.” (Steve had this event caught on audio)

Bob reported the following. My flashlight kept coming on in my back pocket,it is a 3-led flashlight with a push button switch, I’ve tried numerous times to recreate what happened but am unable to do so-the light is either on or off and will not stay in halfway position.

***A few more things had happened during the investigation, but due to some guests being in the home while the team was investigating, we cannot put enough validity into these things, as we were not certain that we knew where these guests were at all times. All of the experiences listed above, with the exception of the smell of the candle burning and Becky smelling the roses, happened after everyone had left and MVP were left alone in the house with only Dana to investigate.

EVPs

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We hope to investigate Quarters One again, as the history and sheer beauty of the home is enough to bring us back. We believe there might be something going on in the house but did not receive enough hard evidence yet to deem it haunted for sure. We are currently planning a return investigation, to further research our personal experiences and to attempt further validation of what we believe to be some valid and unexplained EVPs.

STATUS – CASE OPEN

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The Midwest’s Premier Paranormal Team

by on Nov.19, 2009, under News

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Mississippi Valley Paranormal is a paranormal investigation and research group that was formed in December 2007 to help further research into the paranormal in a strictly professional manner. Our members come from all walks of life and we use only scientific means to research and collect evidence. We are always open to investigating with other teams because we believe that unity in the paranormal community is a must.

Mississippi Valley Paranormal covers Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois, including the Quad Cities.

Mississippi Valley Paranormal is a non-profit organization and we do not charge for our services.

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Private Home- Camanche, IA October, 2009

by on Nov.19, 2009, under Investigations

The investigation started at 7:00pm with a walk through of the residence. At the time there was no one living in the residence. We toured the basement, main floor, and upstairs rooms. The home appeared to be an older home with original limestone foundation. During the tour the home owners relative stated that in the past someone heard the sound of children playing upstairs when no one was up their and Dana a family member had been vacuuming the steps that go to the upstairs and had a feeling of the hair on the back of her neck being pulled.

Sally & the home owner’s relative started the investigation by turning all the light out in the home and went to the basement. Sally set up a controlled experiment with a toy tractor. The position of the tractor was marked and a photo was taken. We listened in silence and conduced an Evp session. A recorder was left in the basement while the investigators went to the upstairs of the home.

Upon going to the upstairs of the home we sat in the front bedroom first. Another control experiment was set up using a ball and a marker to show placement. An audio recorder was placed in the hall as well. While in the front bedroom an Evp session was conducted. Both the home owner’s relative and Sally experienced multiple cold spots as they were sitting on the floor. The both had stated that they only felt the cold from their shoulder to their hands. Their legs and head were not affected by the temperature changes. The windows of the home appeared to be replaced from the original; meaning that they seemed not to be creating a draft. Sally & the home owner’s relative also saw lights twinkling in the closet that were debunked and explained to be headlights from the distance shining through a pine tree.

Sally & the home owner’s relative moved to the smaller back bedroom for a short time. Sally asked a few more Evp questions and they moved downstairs to the living room.

In the living room Sally decided to experience with a pair of dowsing rods. She stated that if anyone in the room who wanted to communicate that a series of yes or no questions. She asked the rods to cross yes and go apart for no. The questions with responses are listed below:

Was this your home? Did you live here? Yes

Was that you who pulled Danas hair on the step? Yes

Is there more than one of you here? No

Do you like when kids come to play? Yes

Do you feel you are trapped here? Yes

Do you have brothers and sisters? Yes

Did you follow us into the basement? Yes

Did we hear your voice in the basement? Yes

Do you know how to cross over? No

Do you want to? Yes

Do you want us to stay here with you? Yes

Do you want us to leave? No

The investigation was concluded after Sally & the home owner’s relative sat in the living room for a while. Sally tried to get an audible response from whoever my still be in the home.

Upon review of the evidence of collected and the clear response of the dowsing rod experiment: I believe there to be paranormal activity in the home. The evidence points to the presence of a young girl.

A copy of the audio was given to the owners of the home.

EVIDENCE

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CASE STATUS: OPEN

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Grand Opera House Dubuque Iowa September 5, 2009

by on Nov.18, 2009, under Investigations

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In July, the team was informed by Steve of a possible investigation of a well known haunted location that he had read about in a book of haunted places in Iowa.  The location was the Grand Opera House in Dubuque, IA.  Becky had set up the investigation for September 5th, 2009 Labor Day weekend.  A team of Becky, Sarah, Steve, Stephanie, Sally, and Diana met at the Opera House at 4:00 pm.  Shortly after meeting we went to have a bite to eat and then reconvened at the opera house where an employee was waiting to unlock the doors and give us a tour.

Walk Through

We were given a short tour of the theatre by an employee whom was also an actor.  While on the tour he explained to us that the opera house was built in 1889 and was open for business in 1890.  It had a seating capacity of 1100 and a huge stage that measured 47 feet from front to back.  The stage was so large that during a production of Ben Hur there were live horses, chariots, and elephants used.  The theatre was graced by legendary stars such as George M. Cohan, Sarah Bernhardt, Lillian Russell, Ethel Barrymore, and Henry Fonda.  In 1928 live theatre was phased out by moving pictures.  The second balcony was removed reducing the seating capacity to 644, and was converted into a movie house known as “The Grand.”  In 1986 The Barn Community Theatre purchased the building, renovated it, and returned live theatre to the historic site.   We were informed by our guide that he, himself had felt like someone was watching him from the balcony when he was in the main theatre by himself.  He also told us of another paranormal group that had done an overnight investigation only to come up with a few Evp’s of bumps and bangs along with one of a piano note being played over and over.  It was thought that the theatre’s paranormal activity had ceased as nobody had reported anything strange recently.  Many of the claims of activity had been tampering with electronic equipment, lights, sound, etc…  He said at one point an electrical box on the stage had blown and shortly after that a glowing orb was seen crossing the stage.  Objects and props would disappear and reappear in strange places.  The spirit of a woman had been seen by actors who were on stage, passing by the windows of the former projection booth which now holds the spotlights.  There is talk of the ghost of a woman on the fifth floor, which is now the costume shop, whom is said to dislike women.  Our guide had told us that an Ouija board session had been conducted by a couple of ladies who are unknown to us on the 5th floor in which they claimed that a name for the ghost was spelled out, “Sarah”.  Could it be Sarah Bernhardt?  The basement consisted of several dressing rooms, bathrooms, and showers, prop room, and paint room; which was the oldest section of the theatre. There was also a set storage room and an elevator that led up through a trap door in the center of the stage.  The theatre consists of 5 floors to investigate, no elevators, all stairs.  We had our work cut out for us.

Investigation

Our investigation started in the main theatre with all members present.  We decided to use a technique called “the Singapore theory.”  This is a technique using music of the era in which the ghosts are believed to have been from in hopes to stir up activity.  We chose to play “Carmen”, the first opera that was performed at the theatre.  Becky, Sarah, Stephanie, Sally, and Dianna chose to stay near the Stage, while Steve went up into the seats to record and listen from there.  We started the music and it wasn’t long before we started hearing knocks and thumping.  Becky reported hearing a cough come from the right side of the theatre and was confirmed by Sally who also heard it.  Stephanie reported hearing what sounded like a metallic pinging noise.  The noises started at the right portion of the theatre and moved towards the stage.  Noises were heard coming from different sections of the stage.  An EVP of what sounded like someone whistling along with the music was caught.  Everyone confirmed that none of us were whistling at the time.  After completing the Singapore theory we chose to split into smaller teams.  Steve and Stephanie went to the basement, Diana and Sally went to the upper floors, and Sarah stayed with Becky in the main theatre.
Upon descending the stairs to the basement via the stage right stairwell, Stephanie had felt the presence of something following us.  The first rooms that were checked were the dressing room area nothing out of the ordinary occurred but Stephanie still felt like there was something with her.   Steve and Stephanie entered what is now the prop room and Stephanie was shutting the door and asking at the same time to whomever was following them to not lock them in.  An EVP was caught in response to Stephanie’s request.  They then moved on to the paint room which was unbelievably dark.  Steve started to move towards the back of the room; kicking aside bricks that were in the way; when Stephanie got very uneasy of the situation.  She mentioned that the pipes were making noise, right after that a scraping sound was heard.  Stephanie wanted to exit the room immediately feeling that she would be trapped between whatever was with them and the doorway.  Steve noticed that there was a high level of EMF being emitted from the pipes.  It is possible that the eerie feelings Stephanie was getting could have been caused by the high level of EMF but she is normally not EMF sensitive.  They then moved on to the set storage area where there were many set pieces from past shows and a couple of tympani drums.  A short EVP session was conducted in the room with no results.  The last room to investigate in the basement was the utility room.  Steve scanned the area for EMF and found that the only thing giving off higher levels was the water heater.
Diana and Sally investigated the upper levels which consisted of the projection room on the third floor, a rehearsal and reception room on the fourth floor, and the costume shop on the fifth floor.  While in the costume shop, Sally and Diana held an EVP session which consisted of some mild provoking.  The spirit known only as “Sarah” is known to not like women.  There was one report of a woman being pushed down the stairs.  Knowing this they provoked telling whatever was there if it did not want them there to tell them to get out.  A very loud and clear EVP was caught in response.  The other rooms investigated yielded no results.

Meanwhile Becky and Sarah were in the main theater and had said the bangs and bumps continued to be heard.  They also heard voices and the banging of a drum.  The voices and drum were immediately debunked as they were coming from Steve and Stephanie in the basement.  Steve noticed that there were a couple of ventilation grates on the side of the stage and sounds from the basement could be heard easily from them.  The drum was Stephanie banging on it trying to get a response from anything there.  We reconvened in the main theatre and then split again.  This time Steve and Stephanie went to the upper levels, Sarah and Sally went to the basement, and Diana stayed with Becky in the main theatre.
Steve and Stephanie went up to the third floor to investigate the projection room, and noticed that anyone could walk by the windows looking out to the theatre, and be seen as a shadow because of bright stage lights that when on stage would hinder one’s sight.  Nothing out of the ordinary happened there.  They then went to the fourth floor rehearsal room, where there was a claim that one of the actors were sitting there playing the piano, and the door behind him began to shake and the doorknob was turning back and forth.  Steve decided to recreate the scenario by playing a few songs on the piano.  While playing, a small knock was heard, which sounded like someone sitting in one of the chairs, but never repeated.  They did notice though that the room echoes and sounds from outside could be heard.  Steve left his recorder in the room while he and Stephanie went to investigate the fifth floor.  Upon entering the costume shop, Stephanie again was overwhelmed by a feeling of dread.  She was hesitant to enter the room, but soon joined Steve in investigating it.  The room was very dark, hot, and spooky, filled with racks of costumes and a few cobwebs.  An EVP session was held with a little provoking by Steve yielded no results.  Stephanie was still feeling uneasy however.  They concluded their investigation and headed back down to the main theatre.
Sarah and Sally investigated the basement, entering the prop room they caught an EVP of what sounded likes a woman greeting them.  No other results were obtained but they also felt uneasy in the Paint room.
Becky and Diana continued to hear bumps and bangs in the Theatre.  They also confirmed hearing the piano playing from Steve.  At this time Steve and Sarah chose to investigate the Balcony.  Doing a short EVP session nothing unusual happened at that time.  We then took a short break and reconvened in the main theatre where we attempted the Singapore theory once more.
Again we started up the music, but this time we all remained by the stage.  Again the bumps and bangs started from the same area they did before and seemed to follow the same pattern, only this time were a little more pronounced.  We chose to do EVP at the same time.  While we traded off asking questions a sharp bang was heard from the back of the stage where there were some wooden scenery sections.  It sounded as if something knocked on the wood.  Shortly after that our motion sensor was tripped.  We had figured out that none of us set it off because it was facing in a direction that you would have to be in the center of the stage to set it off.  Steve then reported seeing something move across the table that was on the stage right side.  He recalls the event as this… “I was looking at the Center of the Stage, when I saw some shadow movement out of the corner of my eye.  I focused my attention on the table, as this is where I thought the shadow to be coming from.  I saw something orange shift slightly, then slide about a foot across the table.
I immediately pointed my flashlight at the table when Diana also confirmed that she saw the same thing.  I went up to investigate what it was that moved and discovered it was an orange extension cord adapter.  I was slack jawed at the experience, questioning myself as to whether I saw what I saw.  All I can say is Wow!”  At that moment Diana noticed that the motion sensor had been moved from its original position and we could not explain this as she was the one who set it there and knew the way it was facing originally.  We then set up the night vision DVR on the table where the adapter had moved; this time positioning a string around it.  It never moved again.  Stephanie was asking questions as to the name of the spirit moving about the stage.  She just started blurting out random names when an EVP was caught of a male voice responding to her.  We concluded our investigation at this point and began shutting down.  Stephanie noticed her flashlight was missing.  One of the claims of activity was things came up missing and found in strange spots.  We scoured the theatre looking for it; she found it in the bathroom.  She remembered being in there and concluded that she left it in there and that it was not moved by unseen forces.  Shortly before leaving Sally heard a loud bang coming from the door that led to the basement.  She recreated it by opening the door and letting it close.  No one recalled opening that door at that time.

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Evidence

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Conclusion

Upon review of our evidence and personal experiences; several Evp’s were caught.  The moving of the adapter and the motion sensor could not be explained.  The knocks and bangs could be explained as normal building or settling noises, but is still being questioned as they seemed to increase in frequency and intensity when Singapore theory was being conducted.  We believe that there is paranormal activity still going on in the theatre. We believe there to be the presence of possibly two intelligent spirits, one on or near the stage that seems to wander from the back of the theatre and through the basement and another intelligent presence on the fifth floor.  The claim of the woman being pushed down the stairs can be debunked, as the wall on the stairwell leans out creating a funhouse effect.  We are unsure as to whether the spirit on the fifth floor dislikes women, but seems to not want to be bothered.  One other EVP was caught on Stephanie’s recorder that was left there to sit alone.  It sounds as if something was sliding across the wood floor; perhaps the bench.  We were all pleased with the results and the experience of investigating this historic theatre and hope to return soon as we feel it is needed.

CASE STATUS: OPEN

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Private Home Clinton, IA #1 Investigation June 20, 2009

by on Nov.17, 2009, under Investigations

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MVP received an email from a woman in Clinton, IA
who was concerned about some activities going on
in her home. She has young children and they, as
well as herself, were being affected by this increasing
unexplained phenomenon. Some of the things she was
experiencing was seeing black shadows in various
parts of the house… sometimes in the shape of a man,
hearing noises, watching objects move, feeling as
though she was being watched, smelling strange odors,
blowing in the ear, and hearing footsteps. Her children,
one in particular, was having trouble sleeping, did not
want to be alone, pointed at nothing, and recently
received a burn on his skin while he was sleeping. MVP
decided to do an investigation ASAP due to there being
children involved and a team was assembled quickly to
set up a date and time to investigate.

INVESTIGATION

A team of four visited the home, which was an
apartment technically… the upstairs of a house
involving about seven rooms (living room, kitchen,
bathroom, 3 bedrooms, and patio). The team
members present were Becky, Steph, Sarah, and
Stephen. Present during the interview were the
woman who lived there and the young child that was
having the most trouble. We reconfirmed what she
had told us was happening before as well as gathered
some new information.

This is what she added to the previous information,
provided. There was an incident in which a photo
was taken of a faint misty hand pointing at a book on
the shelf. The book, in the picture, was one dealing
with training children various things, including potty
training, which is what the woman is attempting to
do now with two of her children. Before she snapped
the picture, she had witnessed another book slowly
moving on the table near the shelf. There is one room
in particular in which she feels the most activity takes
place, the young children’s room. She also feels very
uncomfortable in her kitchen, and always has the
feeling of being watched in the bathroom. A picture
on the wall of the living room shook one day. There
was unexplained pencil writing on one of the walls
on the porch. A few other people, that do not live
there, have witnessed things in the home as well …
mostly black shadows and outlines of a man and a
few things moving on the walls.

Once the interview and walk-thru were over she and
the child left and MVP was alone in the apartment.
Stephen and Sarah did an EMF sweep of the house and
did temperature checks. There were high readings on
EMF in the kitchen but the rest of the rooms were mostly
normal with no other high readings at the time. While
walking into the children’s bedroom, Stephen felt dizzy
upon entering and experienced a few cold spots. When
Steph entered the room, a short time later, she felt a
tremendously fast feeling of being dizzy, almost like an
underwater feeling. The wave passed a short time later,
but it was very intense when it happened. She told the
others immediately while it was happening. She felt as
though something had either passed through her or
drained her completely for a moment.

Several times during the investigation, it sounded like
walking and/or footsteps on the ceiling or above the
apartment. We were told that there was no third floor,
although after the investigation, we noticed there was
an attic above the second floor. We weren’t sure why
the sound came from above. There were people in the
downstairs apartment and we wondered if sound
carried somehow from below. Those sounds were
unexplained.

The team split up and Stephen and Sarah investigated
the back bedroom and kitchen areas while Steph and
Becky stayed out in the living room and conducted an
EVP session.

Stephen reported several EMF fluctuations in the back
bedroom and Sarah also had temperature changes.
Stephen reported goosebumps and hair standing up
on his arms at various times. He also conducted an EVP
session during this time with some mild provoking
included.

Sarah reports: “Steve and I were in the bedroom/
playroom, he had placed his EMF detector on, I
believe a laundry basket,and was asking for it to
go towards the EMF meter. I had an IR thermometer
aimed at the doorway. We experienced simultaneous
EMF and temperature spikes. During the first spike, the
temperature raised from 80-81 to 108 and after about
20 seconds the temp returned to normal. During the
second spike, the temperature jumped to 115. I did a
temperature sweep of that room before we really did
anything else, and there was nothing in that room that
was that hot. When we went to leave that room to go
somewhere else, I looked back into the room as we
were leaving, to be honest I don’t know why I looked
back, but when I did I saw a glowing ball of yellowish
light in the closet. It was about softball sized. We
immediately went to the closet, and Steve discovered
that there was now a high EMF in the closet, no EMF had
been detected during the EMF sweep.”

Later in the investigation both Stephen and Sarah
reported that they heard the door move in the bedroom
and towards the end of the investigation, Sarah said she
saw the yellow ball of light again in the closet.

While Becky and Steph were out in the living room,
Becky thought she heard a response to a question
with her bare ear… one that said “shhhh” but on the
audio recorder it sounds like a whistle at the time.
Sitting in the dark, with all the lights were turned
off, Steph and Becky saw the same thing at the same
time. Both were looking forward and a bright gold ball
of light, about the size of a baseball, suddenly
appeared, and seemed to move about for about two
to three seconds then disappear. They verified almost
immediately that they both saw it and tried to debunk
anything it could have been finding no explanation for
the light. They did not see it again that night.

All four members eventually gathered in the living room
to do a full team EVP session while a recorder and EMF
meter was left in the back bedroom by themselves.
Stephen was sitting in a place where he could see the
hallway wall that contained some reflection of lights
from the kitchen appliances and night light. Steph was
seated at the end of the couch closest to the hallway
so her view was straight down the hallway all the way
to the kitchen in which the refrigerator faced her.
Stephen suddenly reported that he saw a quick black
shadow that blocked out the light reflecting on the
hallway wall move very fast down the hall and was
gone. Steph looked down the hallway to the kitchen
and bedroom and about 30 seconds passed in silence.

She reports…“I was looking down the hallway towards
the kitchen and all of a sudden there was a solid black
mass about four feet tall that blocked out half of the
refrigerator. It seemed to linger there for about one
to two seconds before moving very quickly to the left
and into the wall (this wall is opposite the young
children’s bedroom). The mass was not a shadow as I
couldn’t see through it but it was pure solid black and
moved very quickly. It was something I have never seen
before. Later it seemed to come out from the wall just a
tiny bit as though it was “peeking” out but since I wasn’t
sure of that I can’t put faith into that 100%. The black
shape before that though, I know 100% was real and
was not a hallucination.”

Upon finishing the investigation, Steph checked the
penny experiment and the penny was moved about
4 inches back on the dresser. Stephen found his
camera which he thought he may have left in the
back bedroom on top of the rocking horse in there.
He was certain it was not there before, as they had
asked the rocking horse to be moved during their EVP
session. Nothing was caught on camera, so unfortunately,
we cannot prove what we saw and all of the visual
reports were just personal experiences. We did, however,
collect some EVPs which are included in the report.

After leaving the apartment/house we asked the woman,
who had been waiting outside, if anyone in the house
had ever seen strange lights. She said her fiancé had,
and he came out from the backyard to tell us that he
was sitting in the living room one night and suddenly
saw a gold ball of light appear up on the wall briefly
and disappear. The woman thinks the ball may be
connected to a recent friend’s death, but was not sure.

After getting home Stephen reported some scratches on
his back that he feels were not there before. They were
located in a place that he could not reach himself and
looked like fingernail marks. He feels that this might have
been done due to some of the provoking he was doing.
This again, cannot be evidence but we feel it important
to share any personal experiences we had.


EVIDENCE

AUDIO
response whisper to my question
Hi… Help Me
noises

PHOTOS
100_0500
CONCLUSION
MVP would like to set up a second investigation,
as we feel it is warranted.  There is definitely some
unexplained phenomenon going on at the house
Update
MVP has received word from the resident that
"her one child has been waking up with scratches
on his ankle and she has felt some tugs on her shirt
a couple of times.  Other than the recent things,
the same things are still going on. 
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Private Home Clinton, IA #2 Investigation August 15, 2009

by on Nov.17, 2009, under Investigations

Home[1]
Since the first investigation of this home generated
so much activity MVP felt that another investigation
of the home was warranted. A team of Becky, Steph,
Stephen, Diana, Sally, and Amy visited the home in
hopes of either debunking the last visit’s past
experiences, or perhaps encountering some more
unexplained phenomenon.

The owner was present in the home as well as one of
her children while the interview was conducted. When
asked if activity had escalated, slowed, disappeared,
or remained the same since we last visited she reported
a few experiences, one being hearing a voice calling her
name into her ear. She also reported seeing the
shadow figures and that one of her children seemed to
still be experiencing an “imaginary friend” mostly directly
to the bedroom closet.

The team split up with Becky remaining with the owner
and child in the living room and the rest of the team
starting the investigation in the boys’ bedroom, where
most of the activity seemed to take place. Most of the
sensations and physical experiences happened in this
room in the previous investigation and again as well in
this one. A small flash of light was seen in the closet
by Stephen and Diana but we could not catch it to
photograph or videotape it.

Diana reports… “At one point, I got a tingling feeling on
my left side and thought I felt a poke on my lower back.
But then again, I can’t be sure. I might have bumped
into something although nothing was there.”

Sally reports… “At the same time Diana was experiencing
the tingling sensation in her arm and had I had the same
as well except throughout my entire body, every hair on
my arm, neck, & hear I could feel was standing up,
I have it on video.”

At the same time Sally and Diana were experiencing these
things Stephen also felt dizziness, tingling, and a cold
spot. After a few minutes these sensations all went
away as intense as they were at the time.

After spending time in this room, Steph did a quick
EVP session in the kitchen and after leaving a digital
voice recorder in the bedroom the team all went back
to the living room. The owner and child had left the
home by this time and so the team conducted an EVP
session in the living room and placed a video recorder
down the hall where the shadow was seen the last time

The team then split up again and Stephen, Steph,
and Diana went back into the boys bedroom to check
on the room while the other members remained in the
living room. Another EVP session was conducted while
soon after team member Amy joined them in the room.
Steph saw the light in the closet a few times which was
confirmed by Diana. The light in the closet was debunked
however, as a reflection from the street as after placing
a non see-through towel over the window the light was
never seen again.

As a note, the light Steph saw in the closet… “was nothing
like I had seen with Becky in the living room at the last
investigation. This light was a long line and dull in
brightness. The one I saw before was a ball shaped light
and was very VERY bright and seemed to move to side
for a brief second before snuffing out.”

After witnessing some activity on the EMF Meter we ended
up debunking that particular activity as it being caused
from under the floor perhaps by the apartment below as
the EMF was lying on the floor when it was fluctuating,
and there seemed to be an unlinked pattern to it and
our questions.

After conducting another EVP session with Sally and our
contest winner Heather joining the room we tried to
engage any more responses or activity. After some time,
the team called it a night and hoped to find something
on our recorders and/or video tape.

EVIDENCE

AUDIO
Clinton Home – Whisper
Clinton Home – Light
Clinton Home_Footsteps
Gotcha
ObviousWhistle

PHOTOS

The was no photographic evidence

CONCLUSION 

In conclusion, we do feel that there is some paranormal
activity going on in this home. We feel the strongest
energy is centered in the closet of the boys’ bedroom,
and that this energy may reside in this area either by
choice or not. It seems to be curious and non-threatening
but somewhat “shy” with a certain amount of people as
there were no physical manifestations during this visit
to anyone. MVP might return if permitted, but with
a smaller group of people. 

UPDATE  

MVP has recieved word from the resident that
"her one child has been waking up with scratches
on his ankle and she has felt some tugs on her shirt
a couple of times.  Other than the recent things,
the same things are still going on".

Case Closed
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Private Location-QCA May 16, 2009

by on Nov.15, 2009, under Investigations

A team consisting of Becky, Diana, Sarah, Steph, and Steve investigated at a Private location on May 16th 2009.

EVIDENCE

There were four investigators with audio recorders running. At one point during the investigation both Steve and Sarah experienced simultaneous battery drain on their audio recorders. Shortly before the battery drain, an EVP was recorded, that sounds like it may be in a different language, which we have not been able to identify.

Steph was taking pictures and reported that the pictures taken in that particular area looked dark. Steve was standing away from Steph and Sarah when a voice was captured on Sarah’s recorder.

The group of Steph, Sarah, and Steve heard a strange noise. Steph asked if anyone was there, and then when she asked it to say something to us, there was another voice under her voice.

Later in the investigation, Steve heard a breath behind him and was able to capture it on his audio recorder.

AUDIO

anyone here under steph

camera problems

unknown 1 possible FL

breath

unknown

No Other Evidence was Captured


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Private Home Rock Island, IL April 4, 2009

by on Nov.14, 2009, under Investigations

MVP was contacted in early January 2009 from a woman who believes there is
something going on in her mother's home in Rock Island, Illinois.  She has
experienced many things herself throughout the years as well as her mother and
other sisters, as her mother had owned the home along with her now late husband
for over thirty years.  Her husband and their father did pass away in 1995 in
one of the upstairs bedrooms.  Other history of the house is not well known but
it was believed that another person did indeed pass away in the house before
this family lived there.  The house is over 100 years old.

Here is an email explaining the occurrences...

"It all started a long time ago...when I was around 16 am now 53. My friends
and I had an Ouija board ....and shortly after that it started. There is a back
room, which is storage there were some play stove and refrigerator in there and
one day they were growling. Then you would hear banging and growling on the
door coming from that room. My mom always heard it going through her drawers at
night. One time when my daughter was around 8 in the entry way there was a half
body floating in mid air had red glowing eyes.  Man it's hard to remember
everything. Mom was picking up towels on the bathroom floor and there was a
pair of pantyhose along side of them and they stood up by themselves. Freaky.
Another time when my sister lived at home she was sitting in her room putting
on her makeup and you when you feel like someone is watching you...she turned
around and there was a black smoke like figure of a man staring at her,  she
was so scared that she could not even get a scream to come out. It slowly faded
away.  Than about a yr ago my sister went to my moms house to grab some things
she had over there...no one else was home...she came out of the bathroom and
the cable cord came off of the wall and started to wrap around her legs...she
broke loose and ran down the steps outside....there was a bad growling noise
following her out.. Now she is living back at moms and it worse then ever, she
is moving out next week. Anyway it bothers her all the time.  She was in the
bathroom the other night getting ready to go somewhere..doing her hair and
there is a ledge in front of the tub the body wash fell over...so she picked it
up and it fell again...one more time she picked it up and all of a sudden it
was flung across the bathroom.  My mom sees it all the time it is about 7ft
tall white smokey color with a angry face...mom saw it watching my sister
sleeping...she's not scared of it and asked it what the heck are you doing?.
My sister went into the back room 4 days ago to get something and in the corner
she saw it but it was like a picture frame (square) and she could she an angry
face she started to leave and very fast it flew right up into her face..she
booked in her room and said LEAVE ME ALONE.....she grabbed her pillow and
blankets to go sleep in the living room and it followed her actually beat her
to the bottom of the steps...the receiver on the phone was moving back and
forth from it...she once again told it to leave her along...she got into the
living room and here cell phone lit up twice from it.. finally she covered her
head with blankets until she could get to sleep..  There are a lot more stories
to this house which my sisters can testify to. I just won't go over there anymore too scared".

INVESTIGATION

A team of Steph, Becky, Diana, Sally, Amy, Jill, and Stephen went to
investigation the house on Saturday, April 4th.  We arrived at the house around
6:00 p.m. and met one of the sisters and the mother/owner of the house.  Since
the mother is hard of hearing, we were not able to do a walk thru during the
interview as the sister was needed to assist in the interview.  The sister
present was not the sister who had experienced most of the things in the house
from the email.  We were not able to meet with her or the sister who has
written the email due to them living farther away and work schedules.  The
sister that was present did experience a few things, one being the growling
from the refrigerator, and some noises she heard upstairs at times while it was
empty.  She said the activity does not seem to occur around her but mostly
around the one sister.  The mother hears noises at times including voices and
loud thumps.  She could not really elaborate on these noises.  The fan in the
other room turned on by itself and it requires a physical pull on the cord to
do so.  The activity has decreased lately, both of them said but the one sister
has been moved out for little while as well.  In the interview both sister and
mother felt the entity was non-threatening which did contradict what the two
other sisters said in the email.  The mother feels anxious most of the time at
the house and does not sleep well at night although when she stays at her
daughter's house, she sleeps fine.

We had a brief walk-thru of the house after the interview which mostly centered
around the upstairs which is now empty.  This is where the majority of the
activity seems to take place according to the email and interview.  After
sweeping the area the team left the residence and went for dinner to discuss
the investigation and eat.

We arrived back at the house around 8:30 p.m.  On our arrival the sister
reported that she had went upstairs to get something while we had been gone and
heard a loud thumping noise.  She ran back down the stairs to the kitchen.

We decided to have the team stick together as the upstairs area was not big or
spacious enough to split up and do separate EVP sessions without the sound
traveling.  We started in the back bedroom, doing an EVP session and trying to
draw anything out.  A recorder was left alone in this room and we moved to the
side bedroom where the closet door was reported to move and/or open by itself
and the drawers were heard moving.  We conducted an EVP session there and
perhaps debunked the "growling" noise as there is a gutter that moves outside
the house when the wind blows that is a similar noise.  After looking around
and completing the session a recorder was left alone in this room and we moved
to the front bedroom where the father had reportedly passed away.  While
conducting an EVP session there we began to seem to get answers from the EMF
meter that was placed on the floor.  After studying the situation further we
noticed that there was a lot of energy in one area of the floor a bit away from
the EMF meter we were using.  We concluded that the ceiling fan and light from
the kitchen downstairs was causing the other EMF meter to sporadically light up
with lucky timing to our questions.  After two of the team went downstairs to
do a quick EVP session down there this was verified with the light/fan causing
the activity.

We decided to split up for a brief EVP session with four members in the back
bedroom and two in the front room while the two members were downstairs.  After
this session we decided to wrap up the investigation and talked to the mother
and sister about reviewing the evidence and that we hadn't experienced anything
outright that night.  We did feel however that whatever they are experiencing
in the house does not pose a threat to them and they should not be frightened.

EVIDENCE

After reviewing our audio we did not come up with anything that was paranormal.
 We had a few thumps here and there but felt they were random and came either
from the team or from outside.  None of the members had any personal
experiences at the home to report.  We conclude that nothing happened in our
investigation but we were only there a few hours in one night.  If the owners
start to have activity again and/or need our help we would be happy to return
to the home and perform another investigation.
STATUS: OPEN
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Private Home LeClaire, IA January 2, 2009

by on Nov.13, 2009, under Investigations

MVP was contacted by a couple in LeClaire who were experiencing paranormal activity in their home. The husband and wife and their two kids are living with his mom and dad and two grandmothers. The couple’s living quarters are in the basement of the residence and the other occupants live in the upstairs area.

One of the spirits, which the couple claims to have had interaction with for some time, is that of a grandmother. The other, a spirit of a young girl, is a new one and the reason MVP was called in.

The first time the girl appeared was when the wife was sleeping. She was having a dream and in her dream someone called “mommy.” Then she heard “mommy” again and woke up but wasn’t quite sure if she had actually heard it. Then as she was lying there awake, she heard “mommy” again and rolled over expecting to see one of her kids standing by the bed, but there was nobody there. She got out of bed and checked on her kids and they were both sleeping upstairs. Then, on another night, she had just laid down for bed when she heard a child talking, even though her kids were sleeping upstairs. A child came around the corner and stood at the top of the stairs where she was, but the child was not one of hers. The child had a blanket up over her head and was swaying from side to side. The child was talking up a storm, but the woman couldn’t understand what she was saying. Then the child turned around and walked out of the room. She woke her husband up and made him go check on the kids, but they were fast asleep. The couple have both heard the child say ‘mommy’, and just the way she says it makes them think she is scared of something. She has also been heard walking around crying. The night before MVP arrived, the husband claimed that a little girl touched him on the leg while he was sleeping and said “Daddy.”

THE INTERVIEW AND WALK-THROUGH

A team consisting of Becky, Rick, Diana, Sarah and Shawn arrived at the house at 8:00 PM, Friday, January 2nd, 2009. Diana and Becky conducted the interview with the wife, while the rest did the walk thru with the husband. The team was limited to the lower basement area and a short landing a few steps above the basement, because of the other occupants in the house. An EMP sweep confirmed the presence of high EMFs emanating from several of the florescent light fixtures in the ceiling, but nothing that appeared to be so high as to be dangerous.

THE INVESTIGATION

Video cameras with IR lights were positioned to cover the areas of the steps and landing where the young girl was seen to appear, and the bed where the wife heard the voices and husband claimed to be touched. Shawn manned the other video camera to record everything else in the room. All team members were equipped with audio recorders, EMF detectors and flashlights. Because one of the spirits was reported to be that of a little girl, we placed some toys on the steps of the landing to see if she would interact with them.

The team positioned themselves on the couch in the basement and began asking questions in the hope of interacting with either of the spirits. We also placed K2 meters on the table by the couch and invited the spirits to use them to communicate with us. Later in the night, Shawn and Becky took a camera and recorder up to the landing to search for evidence in that area.

EVIDENCE

All five team members had audio recorders going during
the investigation, and we had one mobile and two still
video cameras running.

No Audio Evidence found
No Video Evidence found

CONCLUSION

No one in the team had any personal experiences during the time we were there. We wrapped up the investigation around 9:45 PM and held a conference with the clients. We instructed them to keep a log of any future activity and contact us within a week. We also left the toys on the steps, photographed them, and asked the couple to note their position in the morning. We are now waiting to hear back from the couple, at which time we will consider another investigation; possibly at a different time and day of the week.

Case Status: OPEN

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